From the author of Spice and Wolf, Isuna Hasekura, comes WORLD END ECONOMiCA. This is the first episode out of three part sci-fi/economic thriller visual novel set on the moon.
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Release Date: May 5, 2014

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From the author of Spice and Wolf, Isuna Hasekura, comes WORLD END ECONOMiCA. The opening video features music by Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets, known for the opening songs for High School of the Dead and Strike the Blood.

A three part visual novel set in the far future on the moon, 16 years after humans have begun to colonize it. A young boy named Haru has been chasing his wildest dream. His dream is to stand where no man has stood before, and in order to do so he needs capital, a ludicrous amount of capital. What better place to get that amount of capital by using the stock market? There are two key rules that govern the stock market.

  • The first rule: Never take a loss.
  • The second rule: Never forget the first.

Only those who follow these rules are able to obtain enormous wealth...

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280 x 720
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.6
    • Processor: Any 64 bit processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280 x 720
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280 x 720
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
I will make this short:
The game is a Kinetic Novel, which makes it a dialogue heavy book with background und characters drawn out for the reader and some BGM to listen to. The kinetic means there are no choices to be made.

The world is quite interesting, the character are well written and fit the story, the drawings look good and the soundtrack is fitting to the mood. If you are interested in a story about the stock market, high frequency trading and the economy in general you are pretty limited to begin with, but World End Economica delivers an above avarage experience in all points (if you like points you could say everything can be located between 6-8/10) and is a good choice.

Now to the negative part:
There isn't that much here to discuss, but i think the main point is the fact that World End Economica is in fact a kinetic novel, which means that the reader has no influence whatsoever over the direction the story and characters are going. There is still something that makes this a negativ point for me and that is the fact that you can see some scenes where choices would have been in the game and it feels like they cut them out on short notice. While i can understand why they would cut out the choices (choices are a lot of work if you want to implement them in a meaningful way; you have to make sure the choices matter and every branch and decision has weight behind them, which is especially hard when you consider multiple episodes and more and more branching), it is still a bit sad to see them cut the influence a player (instead of a pure reader) could have on the game.

But that is my only gripe with the game and if you are even remotely interested in a beginner friendly introduction to any of the topics mentioned above you should check out this kinetic novel.
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139 of 148 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
My god. My heart after playing this game. This is coming from a man who has watched & played multiple Urobochi works.

The story is about a kid who is attempting to enact his dream - to explore Mars - through rapid accumulation of wealth utilizing the stock market. At age 16 he ran away from home, earned 1,000 mools (appears to have 1/1 exchange rate with USD) working, then multiplied it to 72,000 mools through margin trading.

While starting off slow - perhaps even painfully so, the story moves towards a powerful, deeply moving (and terrible) conclusion. I don't want to spoil more, so I'll end by saying World's End Economica (in Volume 1, at least) is the definition of the Linear VN archtype, unlike Fate/Stay Night you don't even get to make choices.

For those who want some action in their VN, Sunrider (a free game, and on Steam) plays very much like Fire Emblem with a dash of Mass Effect style morality choices.

Although I am recommending World's End Economica, it is emotionally traumatizing. Definitely not for everyone.
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377 of 470 people (80%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 7, 2014
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110 of 129 people (85%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 5, 2014
NOTE: This review will only cover episode 01 and therefore contains no spoiler of later episodes. Spoiler of episode 01 is not guaranteed. This review is written from my experience playing the first English version of the game and after a quick technical test of the Steam version.

Quick story summary: In the far future, the Moon has been conquered and turned into a self-sustained colony. It quickly gathered wealth and became a capitalist haven. Haru/Hal wants to get rich quick in this Luna colony, so he does so by gaming the system through stock market trading, Episode 01 of this game follows his teenage years, accumulating his first successes at stock trading.

My view: The premise may make you think this story is gonna be like a boring Wall Street Journal article, but it really is not. This is really a drama. The game spends a lot more time with the relationships between Hal and the people around him, how they live their poor lives outside the center of wealth of the world, how capitalism affect their lives, how the pressure of a materialistic society pushes them into dark corners, and how the dream to get rich made Hal cynical of his circumstance. This is less Capitalism: A Love Story and more Wall Street (the Oliver Stone movie).

I like the character development a lot, although the game takes its time to play this out. I like the relationship between Hal and Hagana, they started out with a misunderstanding (to the point of physical violence) and remained hostile toward each other in the first part of the game. But as it goes along, both of them slowly softens up to each other, and it's pleasant to see this gradual shift in their relationship. I like how beneath the surface, our protagonist is not really greedy as the capitalist bosses that he resents so much. He actually has a noble purpose by getting rich which is revealed in the last part of episode 01. To many, money is their goal, to Hal, money is a tool to serve his higher purpose. I like Lisa and how she acted like a mother/older sister figure to the protagonist. I even like the money lender Toyama in this game, the game portrayed him as less of an one-dimensional loan shark, and more as just another victim of capitalism.

Another thing this game really succeeded at is how it engages you into stock market trading, which should have been dry and boring. Even if you don't understand any financial terms, the game explained all of them in a layman's language, from the basic terms to advanced trading and analyzing technique. And it goes really deep, explaining how the market is influenced, how the stock numbers form a pattern and how the common mentality is taken advantage of (the mentality to always bid at 10-rounded price marks, for instance). This game made me really get it, that thrill of trading stocks and taking risks that might give a big payoff. This is why people are obsessed with stock trading, I really get it now.

Yet despite indulging in the stock market theme, this game does not glamorize it. This is ultimately a cynical social commentary about capitalism. We have all seen this before in real life. The stock market ruins as much lives as the lives it paid off big. In this game, it ruins not only lives, but relationships as well. Without spoiling the specifics, episode 01 ends on a bitter note, prompting the next phase in Hal's life in his adult years in episode 02.

Graphics: The game runs in glorious 720p resolution by default, but you can resize the the window of the game on smaller screens. As a result, art assets in the game are made in native 1280x720 resolution. The backgrounds benefit from this the most. They look gorgeous, especially the views of Newton City, it's as much of a sight to behold as the narrative described it to be. There is not much variety in the scenes so you will end up getting the same backgrounds a lot of time, but considering this is an independent game, it's still quite impressive. The character sprites look okay if a bit lacking in poses, but they have some weird pencil sketch lines on their neck shadows. If you're bothered by this, do be noted that episode 02 onward no longer have these weird pencil sketches.

Audio: There is no voice acting. The soundtrack have some scifi bleeps mixed in here and there. For the rest of the time, they are mostly calming and not very memorable.

Technical report: I'll be commenting on technical aspects of this particular version in this segment. This is the 2nd English version of the game. And here are the differences:
- Config menu and pop-up messages in the first English version was in Japanese. The whole interface is now in English.
- The game now allows you to pick a much wider range of text font. The default font (Times New Roman) looks quite unpleasant. I recommend the font Flamenco for this game, it looks really nice.
- The original version had some game crashing bugs that occur when you open the About window or try to play a track in the music mode. Also, the gallery and the music mode are bugged in the original version (no images and tracks unlocked when you finished the game). All of these bugs have been fixed in this version.
- A slightly new translation. I can't comment on the translation quality, but I can only hope it would be better then the first English script. My experience of the game was from before it received a translation patch and an edit pass by sekaiproject.
Also do note that the game is bilingual. The original Japanese script is included, a great resource for language students.

Early Access status: Steam integration is incomplete. Steam overlay is not working in windowed mode right now and features like Screenshot is not working either.
Release version status: Not much different from the Early Access version. The same issues are still here and the game still uses the same engine. A bit disappointing, but at least the meat of the game is still intact.

I hope my review helps you making a decision whether to purchase this game.
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78 of 90 people (87%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 16, 2014
World End Economica. Is a visual novel. And by that, the type of linear, no-choice novel. It is by all practical means a book. A digital book with music and linear storyline.
If you thought you'd get to play your hands on the stock exchange, or remembering the words:
"The first rule: Never take a loss.
The second rule: Never forget the first."
Then you'll be disappointed, there are no "Choices" for you to make.

So why do I recommend this?

Story - In keeping with Hasekura's arguably more famous work of Spice and Wolf which is a series of books and manga I wholeheartedly would recommend to you, the reader. It's as it says on the tin, about economy.
But in all the numbers and logics, there's a story. And what a story! It's in this sense, not a game. It is a story, a well-built story with its natural plot twists and moments where you'd want to cheer, and moments you'd be stuck in a well of sympathy or spite depending on your own evaluation.

Music - It's got music, and to me i do feel it quite surely fits to the whole setting. Sound really makes a scene deeper, if the music is quite right. This one Is just that. Quite right.

Graphics and visuals - As to be expected, there's CGI's which themselves are quite well made. The general playing scenes might be described as if ever so slightly bland. Stemming from the fact that the characters themselves seem a bit bereft of emotions for reasons i'll let you discover yourselves.
It is a book, and a quite fine book.
But as a game, no it's not so much a game, there's no interaction you do as the "player" You are the reader, so in this sense, advertising as a game might be misleading. But nontheless. I do recommend this game to you all, for those rainy days when you'd get a headache playing RTS or FPS games, don't feel like going outside, and just want to sit back and, read something. Good.
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49 of 53 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2015
This is easily one of the best visual novels I’ve played on Steam so far. Make no mistake though, it’s aimed at a tiny audience. The protagonist is a stock investor, and the writer went out of his way to make it authentic. It’s to the point where I imagine sections of the story will be impenetrable for those who haven’t read a course or two of economics. Terms like “short selling” are used without more than the briefest explanation.

It does a good job of portraying not just the appeal of the stock market, but also the absurdity, and the risks involved with it. Folks with modest aspirations have their dreams smashed by people in ivory towers, who view the economy as a game. The story conveys how stock trade happens, without dumbing it down in any way. Here’s where I think it’ll lose much of the audience. At the same time the story attempts to create a human connection to the people on the street. Those who just live their lives, making a meager wage, who have to go into debt just to pay for education and healthcare. It walked a precarious balance here. The two parts worked for me, but I’ve seen reviews that don’t agree at all. It revels in trading with such detail, that I can see all attachment being lost with many in the audience.

When I saw this was “Episode 1” I expected it to be 3-4 hours long or something. But instead it was around 8 hours long. It’s a complete story arc which stands on its own legs. I played it all in a single sitting without feeling the need to stop, which I can only take as a good sign. All the various story threads have good pay-offs in the end, and I felt the tug of wanting to see what happens next. My only problems with it were in the production values. The backgrounds were outstanding, and the music was good. But the engine was behaving strangely. The UI is way too big, and it often looped music incorrectly, and many image transitions were messed up. Apparently this was ported from one engine to another to allow cross platform support. Wouldn’t surprise me if this is the culprit, and that nobody has the will to patch it, as I’d guess it’s at least a hundred little polish problems littered across the game. These polishing issues didn’t ruin it for me or anything.

I’m impressed at the effort the author put into this. This was not aimed at a general audience. It’s definitely one of those stories that was written with no regard to mass market appeal at all. And that’s what makes it work! I’m kind of amazed it was made at all.
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42 of 45 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Interesting VN marred by some formatting issues, occasional typos and a lack of extra CG's to put some situations in context. In true Spice and Wolf fashion, it's a bit heavy on the technical jargon; prepare to be confused if you don't know much about the stock market and investing, though this is not by a lack of effort on the novel's part to teach you, at it does touch at least on the basics.

Clocks in at around 13 hours depending on how fast you read, it definitely doesn't overstay its welcome. Solid sci-fi human-colonies-on-the-moon setting, with interesting characters that unfortunately don't have enough time to be developed fully. The music score is solid for the most part, with special notion to the catchy main menu tune, Under the Net.

Fantastic ending, fitting for the end of the first episode of a trilogy. A great purchase if it goes on sale, though it is absolutely worth your 10 dollars.
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38 of 41 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
I was very reluctant to buy this game at first, it says episode 01 and I know there are more to follow. I was not sure how long it would be and if the story will end or just leave me hanging for a sequel that might or might not ever happen (been there, done that in the past).

However, I ended up buying it because of steam sales and oh boy was I wrong. Why did I not play this before?
The story is great, the artwork is amazing (aside for some secondary areas and backgrounds). This is not a "choose your own story" visual novel with multiple choices and paths, this is just a story. Do you like reading books? Do you like getting immersed in good stories? Then you will like this.

Do you play dating sims and visual novels with "routes" and choices? Do you just want some h-scenes? Then I'm sorry this is probably not to your linking.

The story is long enough to keep you entertained (I clocked 13-14 hours), it is very interesting and at times not so easy to follow so it will require your attention most of the time. If you think you might not like economics and stock trading... well, you might be surprised because this story really makes you want to get more into it. I myself do not really enjoy stock trading but this story almost made me want to get out of my way try my hand at being an investor,it really is that interesting.

The ending fits well with the story and provides somewhat of a closure so you won't be left hanging in the middle of the plot only to be told "yo sorry, go buy the other episodes". Without spoiling anything, it leaves enough space for the following episodes, but at the same time you will feel content with what you have. Just like reading a good book of a trilogy, so do not be afraid to give this game a go. It is totally worth the money in my opinion.
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42 of 48 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2015
This is probably the best Visual Novel (VN) on Steam, it's about a really good storyline, not kawaii and moe things, also it has very nice calming soundtrack that helps concentrate reading it. It's about a guy who is very good at stock trades, who lives in more future time than we, when humanity achieved fully reaching the Moon and even made city there that uses Solar power with Solar Panels to maintain itself, and it located inside a dome where even rain is simulated, so there lives our protagonist.

This VN is written by Isuna Hasekura the writer of Spice & Wolf series, there is even anime and manga of it besides more than 11 books. Because of this you can see World End Economica is written more professionally than other VNs, she describes small details very well, engages different moments with explanations of secondary things that gives a more deep feel to the story, characters and the surrounding world of the City in the Moon, I also really like the characters personality, the Moon and their citizens and different places there are described in multiple details making you feel more the world of the story.

I totally recommend getting World End Economica, if you like VNs with good more serious stories where even the anime style is a secondary thing, anime style is nice it gives characters their personality and look, but it doesn't really affect the actual story, so even if you are not into anime you would probably still like it, Isuna Hasekura is a really good writer, she won't disappoint you. The only little downside is that the game story is very slow paced , so every scene progresses slower than other VNs, I feel that the author is more of a book writter than VN writter, she tends to describe every scene with lots of details and it makes it long.
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
"It's not whether or not it can be done; but keep going until it works!"

Written by Isuna Hasekura - best known for his Spice and Wolf series - WORLD END ECONOMICA is a slow progressing three part visual novel with a heavy hit on one's psyche, sense of justice and emotional durability. This first episode and the second one following are currently accessible for the community, and it is announced that with the translation complete, we can see the third episode here any day now.

In this elaborate science fiction/economic thriller, it's been 16 years since the mankind embraced a new frontier and built a colony on the moon. That colony declared its independence to take on to become the financial capital of humanity. Kawaura Yoshiharu - a young boy who was born on the moon and never has seen the earth - ventures out to follow a big dream: gathering enough capital fund to go out and establish a new frontier for the mankind: Mars. For the purpose of gathering enough money, he runs away from his home and lower-mid class life style; and starts margin trading in stock market. As he goes after this own dream, his life crosses with a bunch of others, making him a witness to both the hollow and the ugly side of any glory. Will the boy who is already living on the moon be able to reach Mars one day?

This first chapter of WORLD END ECONOMICA narrates Haru's backstory by introducing the fundamental structure for a powerful metropolis set on the moon, and not so prosperous lives of other individuals that Haru grows attached to as a powerful contrast to the seemingly flawless wealth of the setting. The setting is unique, and the storyline - even though dreadfully slow building at the start - grows to become a marvelous thriller that will present you a sleepless night. The narrative is heavily relied on financial terms and a bit hard to follow at times, so I advise taking time to read slowly. Considering it is a kinetic visual novel with no actual participation from the player, this is most certainly not a "one sit to go" story. Threat it like an anime series that you'd be excited to see the next chapter of.

As a visual novel, the display is decent enough. While panoramic art are various and breathtaking, character design and art are somewhat mediocre. For a visual novel with this size and playtime, I'd expect a certain variety with CGs and artworks, yet it feels like there was a shortcoming about that department. The music is fittingly moody/exciting at every turn though and establishes a successful tone for the narrative.

I cannot recommend this first chapter to everyone, with its slow progression and heavily dramatic plotline structure - but for the one's that would be interested with a plot driven drama on a mid-sci-fi setting, this first episode was a very well-done choice. You'll start reading it lazily and hope that something exciting would soon happen for the first half; and then suddenly you cannot stop reading by the point that you are halfway done. It is a heart-wrecking experience.

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4.6 hrs
Posted: October 21
A visual novel that is very strong as a novel, but not very strong visually. Character portraits and backgrounds are limited and many scenes have no backgrounds at all, just a black screen.

Music is nice, but many of the tunes don't loop properly, breaking concentration while reading.

The small cast of characters is impressively written, and all of the characters grow throughout the course of the story. Ends on a bit of a cliffhanger to set up the second volume.
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16.4 hrs
Posted: October 9
Not a game, but it has a nice story.
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10.9 hrs
Posted: September 28
i hold my breath as they hold theirs...

i was almost passed out

yes, it was that intense
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1.9 hrs
Posted: August 15
Loved the idea and the way the world is presented to the player, but really couldn't get past the misogynistic protagonist. Also, as far as I can tell this is a kinetic novel. I haven't played it all the way through, because I got fed up with the protagonist, but the story seems pretty linear.
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18.3 hrs
Posted: August 14
Just finished this game and its a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Emotional rollercoaster.
Then again, its Spicy Tails and if you know anything about Spice and Wol, you know just how hardcore they can get with their stories
Anyway, this game is gorgious. Amazing art and sprites, with some amazing music
Quite possibly one of the best Visual Novels on steam and seeing as there is ever increasing number of great visual novels on here, thats saying a lot
That said, its got its own little annoyances. While the music is excellant and at times breath-takingly so, whoever handled the looping needs to be beaten with a twobyfour, cause the music either loops poorly or not at at all. Can't tell you how many scenes I got dragged head first into just for the music to awkwardly stop and restart. Its not a massive issue, more a person niggle which could be fixed with an hour or two more in the editing booth to make sure the music loops into itself properly and I would have no real issues to speak of
The only other issue I can really find is that sometimes the sprites flail about the screen. But, as I played the game more, I noticed it kept happen in response to high tension scenes and at point thats would indicate movement. So I am willig to say its a "feature" rather than a bug
All that said, this is an amazing little game. If you have any interest in Visual novels at all, heck if you just like a good story, pick this up now. We need that episode 3, state!
Just a fair warning for those who really get dragged into a story... we don't all get happy endings
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27.6 hrs
Posted: August 7
5/10. Barely passable for me. Annoying protagonist, lack of voice over, and a bit dark near the end for my taste. Still a good game, just not my cup of tea. Although I learned a few things about stock market and such (If this is actually applicable in real life I'll never know ^_^. Not really interested in stocks anyway.)
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0.7 hrs
Posted: June 23
"Learned how to love money."

As a VN, this title is lacking in CG, Voice and Music.
Yet, I recommend it for the story.
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7.3 hrs
Posted: June 21
One warning, this is not really a "game", rather it is a kinetic novel, which means it is all text (no choices) accompanied by character images, CGs, and music. If you like visual novels you may like this game if you are okay with not having any choices.

As for the actual game, it's worth noting that playing just this part alone will probably leave you disappointed. Part 2 of this series is already available on Steam and Part 3 is supposed to be coming....sometime. On its own, this is still a great story that is full of detail. The characters don't seem great at first, but they get more interesting as the story goes on.

The action in this novel all revolves around the trading of stocks. You will discover just how exciting this can be (but so risky that it didn't really encourage me to want to invest, haha). If you like Spice and Wolf, you will probably like this. If you don't like Spice and Wolf or have no idea what that even is, you will like this if you like character-driven stories where the action revolves around principles of economics or the stock market. Some of it can get pretty meaty, so if you are the intellectual type it will probably be pretty satisfying.

Some of the technical aspects of this novel are where it suffers. The music, while nice, often does not loop well. A track will be over and suddenly restart instead of having a seamless loop like most video game music. Also, when a character expression changes in the middle of a sentence, the text briefly disappears and then reappears, like it would when advancing to the next screen, but this is really annoying when it happens right in the middle of a sentence and is quite jarring. There were some typos and grammatical errors, but I would say the amount of these is pretty standard for most translated visual novels.
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